Belt & Hose Services

Belts and hoses are integral components of a fully-functioning car. Although you may not hear about them too much until they break, they perform critical functions.

These are parts that every mechanic should be inspecting thoroughly. We follow your manufacturer guidelines, and will perform replacements when they specify or if we notice damage.

 

 

timing belt replacement

Belt Replacement

There are many different belts under the hood that perform a variety of functions.

Timing Belt

This belt is required in order for pistons and valves to move together in syn. It helps to drive the camshaft. If your timing belt has problems, then the camshaft and crankshaft, along with the distributor will start to get out of sync.

If you notice engine problems such as backfiring or complete stoppage, then this is a common component that is the cause of the problem.

Serpentine Belt

The serpentine belt helps with the power transfer between the crankshaft and engine. If you lose this belt, then there could be some serious engine damage in store.

If you notice that your car is frequently overheating, or if you are finding it more difficult to steer your vehicle, then this may be the culprit. You will hear squealing noises as this belt gets more and more worn.

Hose Replacement

Coolant Hose

One of the more common problems we have is coolant leaks. The coolant hose moves antifreeze to various parts of the engine such as the radiator. If this hose starts to crack or breaks, then you may begin to experience engine overheating. Without constant cooling, the engine will begin to experience serious damage.

You should have coolant and the coolant hoses inspected at regular intervals to ensure that your car is properly cool.

When we inspect your vehicle, we look for any signs of wear on the coolant hose, such as cracking or splitting and brittleness.

Fuel Hose

These hoses carry fuel from the fuel tank to the carburetor or the fuel injectors. If these tough rubber hoses begin to split or crack, then you will experience leaks underneath the car.

Like all parts, these will eventually start to fail. We follow your manufacturer's guidelines when replacing these. We typically have to replace the fuel line anywhere between 10-50k miles. This can vary depending on the type of material that was used to make the hose.

Signs of Fuel Hose Damage

You should have your car's hoses inspected at regular intervals. Here are some signs of hose damage:

  • Drop in coolant level even after recently topping off the fluid
  • Puddles start forming underneath the car
  • Split or cracked hoses
  • The engine temperature is very hot and the car begins to overheat

 

Signs of Fuel Hose Damage

You should have your car's hoses inspected at regular intervals. Here are some signs of hose damage:

  • Dark stains underneath the car
  • You constantly notice a strong gasoline odor in or near your car
  • The car is more difficult to start
  • You can no longer start the car

 

Connecting Clamps

Connecting clamps will also experience wear and tear over time. The most common problem we see is loose clamps. This happens due to the constant vibrations produced by the engine. Should this be allowed to persist over time, you can experience leaking and eventually hoses that fall off completely.

Vacuum Hoses/Lines

There are a variety of these in the car. The most common vacuum line is used for the car's brakes. Obviously, these lines then serve a critical safety function and should be thoroughly inspected and frequently. A broken vacuum line can lead to serious issues.

When we inspect these hoses, we will normally conduct visual inspections for the following:

  • See if there are any tears at the ends of the hoses
  • Twist the hose clamp in order to ensure it is not moving too much
  • Inspect for any bulges
  • Check for exterior damage along the length of the hose